Frank Reade, Jr.'s submarine boat "The Explorer;" or, To the North Pole under the ice.

Frank Reade, Jr.'s submarine boat "The Explorer;" or, To the North Pole under the ice.

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Frank Reade, Jr.'s submarine boat "The Explorer;" or, To the North Pole under the ice.
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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1\. great cry went up from the two lost explorers. "Whurroo!" shouted Barney, '"it's the Explorer, a& sure as I'm a Tipperary man, misther Frank "The Explorer!" gasped Frank, but how on earth it get here?"


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FRANK READE "WVEE::EE.L 'Y' CONTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES O N LAND, SEA AND IN THE AIR. No.2. Issued WeekLy-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as S econ d Class Matter at New York, N. Y Post Office. Entered according to Act of Congress in the y ea. 1902, in the office of the LiMariar> of Congress, Washington, D. C by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 7, 1902. Price 5 Cents Frank Reade, Jr.'s, Submarino Boat "The Explorer" OR TO THE NORTH POLE THE ICE. CHAPTER I. By "NONAIVIE." Yielding to inquiry, Frank Reade, Jr. vouchsafed the information that it was not like any previous inventions The electric air-ship had played its part, but this time THE NEW INVENTION. Frank had decided upon a radical departure from his previ A report had! gained extensive circulation that Frank ous effort. Reade, Jr., of U. S A., had brought out a new "And is it true, Mr Reade," asked a neighbor and friend, invention. "that you will take Barney and Pomp w i t h you upon t his This rumor spread far and wide, and created tremendous new trip of yours?" excitement. "It is," replied Frank, with a smile "Indeed, I could Everybody to day is deeply interested in the marv.elous ill afford to spare two such faithful fellows mechanical productions of this young prince of invention. As it happened the parties mentioned stood by and withThe son of Frank Reade, himse l f a n:oted inventor, Frank in hearing. R.eade, Jr., came honestly by his talent. One was a power fu l black, short and sturdy, with a gen ial Almost a boy in years, the young inventor occupies a place countenance in the annals of fame much to be envied by any of our pro The other was a genui n e full bred Celt, with broad mug gressive American youths. and shrewd twinkling blue eyes, and hair as red as the g low Tall, handsome and affable, he was a conspicuous figure of an a u tumn sunset. anywhere, and always popular. B egorra, I knew well Misther Fran!} wud niver lave Readestown was a handsome little town, merging into a me at home!" cried Barney, with a comical grimace; "there's city, and founded by the senior R.eade. the naygur, sh ure it moight be him Here Frank Reade, Jr., had established his shops and "Don' yo' :fl.attah yo'sef, yo' big I'ish chump," returned machine works for the special construction of his inventions. Pomp, politely. "I jes' reckon Marse Frank pay mo' 'ten But, as the opening lines of our story intimates, Frank tion to me dan he eber do fo' yo'." Reade, Jr., had p r oduced a new invention. "Hurroo Wud ye hear ther Afrikan talk!" crie d B a r -


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." ney, derisively. "Shure, ye'd think Misther Frank cudn't boat, wns a long, cylindrical craft, with a sheer-pointed bo invint widotit him!" carrying a. huge steel ram on the end, shaped like a knife. "I jes' reckon dat de man wha' invented yo' neber did no mo' wo'k," retorted Pomp. "To be shure av that, naygur," replied Barney, 'twas I so good an' foine a job he niver cud betther it." Everybody laughed at this. "The hull is of solid steel," said Frank. "But, thoug strong and tough, not too heavy." The submarine vessel tapered off in the dern to the sha of a fish, while upon the shelving deck or whale-like bac were fins or plates of steel. Barney and Pomp were always digging at each other, "The fins keep the boat steady _under water," said Fran though really the of friends. A platform, with a railing extended along each side o "Well, Frank/' continued the neighbor, "when will you the craft, with a leading up to the hurrican reveal to your friends the nature of your new invention?" "Now," replied Frank, with a smile "Indeed?" "I mean it." deck and pilot-house, which was upon the vessel's bow. Here a searchlight was placed. "Step into the pilot-house," said Frank, "and I will en deavor to explain to you how the boat's machinery works. The neighbor was surprised. Harmon at once complied. "What may it be, then? A new kind of flying machine?" Frank closed the door behind him. "No," replied Frank quietly, "it is far different from They were in a sort of vestibule made of plates of steel that. It is nothing more than a submarine boat.'' with a curious shaped pump and lines of hose visible "You don't mean it?" "When the boat is submerged," said Frank, explanatively "Yes." "and we wish to go out upon deck, we simply step from th "Where will you go with a submarine boat?" pilot-house into the vestibule, closing the doors. The wate "To the North Pole." is then let in and we open the door and walk out. Whe "Under water?" we come in we enter this vestibule, close the door, and th "Exactly. As yet nobody has succeeded in reaching that water is pumped out. Then we can go back into the pilot coveted point. Now, I propose to attempt it in a novel manhouse safely." ner If I cannot get there over the ice, I shall go there Harmon looked astonished. under it." "Ah, yes!" he cried, "but please explain how you ca His listener was astounded walk on the deok while the boat is under water." "Whew!" he exclaimed, with a deep whistle, "that beats Frank smiled. me!" "There are diving suits," he said, to severa ".u you will step this way I will be glad to show you the hanging up. "We put those on. The knapsack on the bac new boat!" "Of course I will." The neighbor, whose name was Alexander Harmon, followed Frank through the big gate. Across the broad yard they went to the high arched door of a long brick building or store house. Frank threw open these doors. is the storage reservoir for chemically manufactured air which keeps us supplied for hours under water." They passed now into the pilot-house. Here were the steering apparatus and the nautical instru ments common to all vessels. The trimmings and fitting of the boat were superb. From the pilot-house they descended into the cabin. H'lrmon beheld a wonderful sight. This was a long compartment elegantly furnished witll There upon stocks was the submarine boat. the finest of appointments. In all his life Harmon had never seen the like. Staterooms adjoined and electric lights were upon ever He had been a captain once himsel!, and knew the hand. lines of a boat well. A door led out into a vestibule as from the pilot-hous But he had never seen anything more beautiful than this. and thence to the railed platforms. "Upon my word, Frank," he exclaimed, "you have outBull's-eye windows were seven in number on each sid done yourself of the vessel. "I think the Explorer is built on good lines," said Frank, "But how do you make the vessel sink?" asked Harmon modestly. Frank led the way down in the vessel's hold. "You are just right." "Here are the dynamo rooms," he said. "All the elec The Explorer, which was the name given the submarine trical machinery is here. Just aft there are large chamber


EADE, JR.'S, BOAT "THE EXPLORER."t 3 which we fill with water when we wish to sink, and when Far and near had spread the report that the Explorer we wish to rise the water is expelled in a few seconds by the was to be launched upon the following day. action of compressed air." At the appointed hour a great crowd was on hand. A few minor points were explained by Frank, and then Frank's only companions and crew on board the Explorer the inspection ended. were Barney and Pomp. "Wonderful, indeed," agreed Harmon, as they finally He took a fond fal'well of his wife, and stepped upon the emerged into the yard once more. "I have never _seen or ucck of the submarine ship. heard of its like. It is all ready to launch, I suppose?" Then he gave the sign to the workmen. "Perfectly." Just back of the building was a deep basin of water, con nected with the river by a canal. Large doors could be thrown open and the Explorer quickly launched upon the waters of the basin. "When will you make your start for the North Pole?" asked Harmon. "To-morrow," replied Frank. "The launch will occur at nine o'clock." "All Readestown will be present." "I shall be pleased." CHAPTER II. NORTHWARD BOUND. The stays were. knocked away, and the submarine boat shot down the ways. the waters of the basin she plunged and :floated. A handsome craft she was, revealed to the gaze of the "Ah !" said Harmon, with a sigh, "that recalls to my interested spectators. mind, Frank, that barely five years ago my brave boy Roger Cannon boomed and the people cheered. \ met his fate in that awful icy waste. May I ask of you a It was a great day for Readestown. favor?" Frank waved the United States :flag and Barney in the Certainly." pilot-house set the course of the Explorer out into the "If you can find his bones there will you bring them river. home to his sorrow-stricken father?" First, however, the Explorer was allowed to plunge be"Of course I will!" neath the waters as an experiment and an exhibition. "God bless you!" She was a success in every point of view. Frank knew that Alexander Harmon had set his life upon Down the river she glided and soon left Readestown far his handsome son, Roger. behind. He knew well the story of the lad's fate. The course to the sea was uneventful, and we will pass He had gone to the Arctic on a two years' whaling cruise over a lapse of time to find the Explorer f

... I FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER.!'; The Explorer was a fine sea boat. The storage reservoirs on their backs began to work, keep-But Frank Reade, Jr., did not like the idea of being ing up a current of wholesome oxygen. tossed about so violently. Frank opened thedoor and stepped out upon the plat"Open the air-chamber, Barney!" he cried. "We've had form. enough of this!" It required a few moments for them to get used to the "All roight, sor !" cried the Celt. tremendous pressure of the water. He proceeded to obey with alacrity. Then Frank began to descend the gang ladder. The Explorer instantly sank. Pomp followed him. The water was not more than fifty fathoms deep here, Soon they reached the bed of the ocean and stood upon but as the submarine boat touched the bottom not a particle the white sands. of the rude storm going on above could be felt. The search -light was turned on, and a startling sight was revealed. All about was smooth, white sand, and deeply in Barney in the pilot-house watched them. Frank started for the wreck and Pomp followed behind. Both had axes in their belts and long knives. These latter were for use in case they were attacked by a this, not one hundred feet distant; was the dismantled hull shark or any sea monster of that ilk. of a vessel. Frank saw that the hull of the vessel was literally covered a 'Clar to goodness!" cried Pomp. "Does yo' see dat, with seaweed and debris. Marse Frank?" However, he was able with the aid of the electric light "Ah, are many s u ch moJ].uments as that in these upon his helmet to read the name upon the stern: waters!" said Fra,nk. "'rhese are the fishing banks, and "Donna Isabella." just such storms as the one going on above have sent many "It is a Spanish ship!" thought Frank. "She will be a craft to the bottom!" worth exploring." "Begorra, that don't luk much loike a fishing vessel, sor !" He clambered upon the deck. said Barney. The hatch was open and Frank saw crumbling stairs Touching a lever, Frank caused the Explorer to glide forleading down into the cabin. ward a little ways. Pomp followed Frank as he descended into the place. The search-light was full upon the wreck, and every de-Their lamps iJluminated the cabin, which was seen to be tail of the craft could be plainly followed. luxuriously furnished. Frank saw that Barney was right. But this was in the style 'of a century past. The craft was far from being like that of the fishermen. The furniture and appointments. of the cabin were re-Its queer shaped hull and high decks fore and aft showed markably well preserved. it to be of the Spanish galleon type. But there was no sign of human remains to be seen anyThere was no doubt but that this was an old-time ship where. 0 which had lain here perhaps for a century. Frank was at once interested. "Well, here is a find he cried; "for aught we know this may be one of the treasure ships!" "Massy sakes! J es' let dis chile git on him armor!" cried Pomp. "I done fink datI laik fo' to visit dat ship !" "Begorra, I'll sthay an' watch out fer sharks if yez want to go," said Barney to Frank. The young inventor very quickly made up his mind "Upon my word I'll do it!" he cried. "Get ready, Pomp. Perhaps we'll make a find." The darky was delighted with the prospect. He was quickly ready. Going into the vestibule both put on their diving suits Then Frank turned a cock and the compartment began to fill up with water. / In the lapse of time, however, since the vessel had been consigned to this resting place, the remains of the doomed crew could have been utterly effaced. There was no doubt that this was the case. Pomp picked up a rust eaten fragment of a sword handle from the cabin table. A few pieces of money also lay thereon. They were gold doubloons and perfectly well preserved. Passing through the cabin, Frank went into the galley. From there he went forward what was evidently the ship's magazine. Here l!e pushed open a door, the locks of which had rusted. A square compartment was seen, and a number of steel and brass boxes lay piled one upon the other. This was the tre11sure chamber of the ship.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, BOAT "THE EXPLORER." lt required but a slight b-low with the ax to batter off the lid of the first box. Frank had looked .for a heap of gold and silver. But the chest was empty. Likewise was the ne>..rt. Only one out of the whole contained anything, and this was half full of gold coins. It contained perhaps four or five thousand dollars' worth of gold coin. However, this was better than nothing. While it could not be said that a great treasure had been \ I found, yet Frank was well satisfied. Nothing more of value was found aboard the ship. The young inventor, with Pomp's aid, carried the chest of gold out of the hull. It was quite a heavy lift, but they succeeded in carrying it to the platform on the side of the Explorer, when a start ling thing happened. Suddenly Pomp made a frantic gesture. At the same moment Frank saw a dark object coming through the water from above. As it dropped upon the bottom and into the full glare o f the search-light, tl1e young inventor was astounded. It was a human being. A man in sailor's garb it was He was gasping and apparently drowning before eyes. their "My God!" thought Frank, with horror. "He must be saved!" With the young inventor to think was to act. He leaped down upon the sands and rushed to the man's side. In a twinkling, with Pomp's aid, he was carried over the rail and into the vestibule. He opened his eyes and looked about, somewhat daze d at his surroundings "W-where am I ?"he muttered, in a bewildered way. "Y Qu're all right, my friend," cried Frank. "You're on board the Expl orer, a submarine boat." "Thunder!" gasped the astonished sailor. "Did you p u ll me out of the water?" "Yes. "But I thought I went down." I "You did go down. We picked you up from the bottom." The sailor looked astonished. He was recovering quickly. In a few moments he was able to rise. "You don't mean to tell me that we're on the bott o m of the ocean this minute?". "That is true." A more astonished person was never seen He went to one of the bull's-eyes and looked out. "Well, I'll take my 'davy!" he cried "You weren't born to be drowned, Matt Williams, and that's sure. Who'd ever have dreamed of a thing like this?" Then he saw the inquiring faces of his rescuers, and sa i d : "Well, friends, I suppose you would like my story I tell it to you, and you will agree it is a queer o n e." With this, Matt Williams dropped into a chair. CHAPTER III. THWARTING A GANG OF VILLAINS. Barney and Pomp and Frank Reade, Jr., sat oppos i te. They were much interested. They could see now that Williams, though a sailor, was Frank pulled the compressd air valve and the wate r was a handsome and well bred man. quickly pumped out of the compartment. He told his story in a succinct and interesting way. The man lay limp and helpless in Frank's arms. He was apparently dead. But the young inventor knew that prompt might are three cousins of us myself, Pte Clifford and Jim "I belong in St. Johns," he said, explanatively . I live with my uncle, Peter Davison, a very wealthy man. There save him. Accordingly, he adopted every known method for b r i n g ing the victim to. With Pomp's aid the fellow was worked over until Frank detected a beat in the heart and brought a sigh from the w hi te l ips "Golly, we'se g\vine to fetch him out ob it, Marse Fra nk!" cried Pomp, excitedly. T hey took occasion now to remove their diving suits. The n the half drowned man was put into a warm bunk, and i n half an hour was able to tell his story. Mason. "Now my uncle don't like Peter nor Jim very well But he supports them on accoupt of the relationship. "In some way Pete and Jim learned that Uncle P eter had made a will and left the most of his property to me. Tlus made my cousins very angry. "Tl1ey became determined that I should not have the money. So they planned to get me out with them u p on my uncle's yacht, the Desdemona. Then they set upon roe and threw me overboard. 'l'his is how I happen to be h ere just now!"


I I ___, 6 FRANK READE, JR.'S, BOAT "TliE EXPLORER." Frank Reade, Jr., listened to this thrilling narrative with the deepest interest. t'Then they meant to murder yo'Q ?" he said. "Certainly they did "That is past belief!" "But it is true nevertheless!" "Your cousins are scoundrels "That is what they are!" Away thrOllgh the water at a tremendously rapid pace = I flew the Explorer. The rate of speed attained was something terrific. Williams was I He spent the most of his time out upon the deck watch-ing the sea line ahead. fE Many vessels were met and passed. But the Desdemona was not seen until the shores of Newfoundland came into t l "They will probably tell your uncle that you a9cidentally view. fell overbo&.rd." "Just so! But, by hookey, I'm yet alive and I'll make things hot for them, or my name ain't Matt Williams!" "Well," said .Frank, heartily, "I hope you will, and I'll certainly help you all in my power." "Will you?" cried Williams, eagerly. "Yes." "I'll never forget your kindness." "Oh, that is all right!" Williams looked about him and then rubbed his eyes. Then Williams suddenly pointed to the north and cried: P "There she is! I know her rig!" Sure enough, in the far distance could be seen the sails f of a fine yacht sailing to the westward. It was the Desdemona and she was making a fast course. But the Explorer passed her far to the south and she was 1 soon left a great distance behind. Williams was overjoyed. "Won't I turn the tables on the rascals when we reach St. Johns!" he cried, excitedly. "This is too good for "I feel as if I was in a dream," he cried. "All this looks anything." very unreal to me. A submarine boat It is a wonderful thing, truly.' Then he accompanied Frank about the Explorer on a tour of inspection. He was highly delighted with what he saw. Nearer drew the coast line. Now the harbor was entered and the town could be seen. At this point Frank went up to Williams and said: "Suppose we put you ashore upon that point of land. You can find your way home all right enough, can't you?" "I'll tell you what, Mr. Reade," he cried. "I'll let "Certainl y !" replied Williams; ''but won't stop in uncle's money go to the dogs 1 you will only let me accomthe town for awhile?" pany you on your wonderful trip to the Arctic." Frank laughed pleasantly. "That would not be profitable for either of us," he said. "I think not." "I would like to have you meet my uncle. glad to entertain my dear friend." He would be "I advise you to go right home and face those who have "I thank you!" 1e plied Frank, sincerely, "but I have no w'ronged you. Do not spare them." doubt you will see wherein it would be inadvisable for me "But how am I to get home?" to stop. I have a long voyage to make; my stores are lim' I will take you there." ited 11nd so is my time." "You will?" ''Enough!" cried Williams; "then I will thank you from "Yes. We are not far from St. Johns now, are we?" the bottom of my heart." "Not so very; perhaps fifty miles." "That is all right!" "Well, I will have you there before morning/' "I only wish there was some other way in which I could Frank now joined Barney and Pomp and the treasure resexpress my gratitude." cued from the Spanish vessel was brought aboard. Then Frank touched the spring which connected with the pumps. "That is nothing." 'l'he Explorer was run for the point of land. Then Frank put overboard a small boat and Barney and The water began to rush from the air chambers, and the Pomp set their passenger ashore. Explorer began to rise to the surface. Returning to the Explorer all waved Williams a farewell. Once upon the surface Frank consulted the chart and set Then Frank rais e d the lever and set the Explorer under the course for St. Johns. "I'll tell you what, Williams," he said. "We will over take the yacht and you can be on hand to meet your cousins when they land." "Good enough!" cried the N ewfoundla:nder, excitedly. speed once more. What was the result of all this they never knew. It was fair to assume, however, that Williams confronted his rascally cousins in St. Johns,. and consigned theJ to the punishment of the law.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." This little episode had sufficed in. a great measure to break the monotony of the trip. Once more the Explorer was northward bound. During the voyage Barney and Pomp had been in high feather. "Ches'nuts, nice an' hot, J umpin' in de roastin' pot. Hit him hard an'--" :Barney let out a roar that drowned the concluding stanza It was needless to say that their spirits were o the kind and tumbled down into the cabin. that are seldom depressed. But he had not left the field yet. One day Barney, feeling particularly mischievous, planned a clever practical joke upon Pomp. The two faithful followers, while mutually the best of friend s, were ever playing jokes upon each other. Barney played the violin and Pomp the banjo. The Celt bad a rich baritone voice and sang with quaint melody many Irish ballads. The darky had a repertoire of plantation acts that were unsurpassed. They were far to the northward and the Explorer was keeping a steady course, when one day Pomp, as he was sitting in the pilot-house, picked up his banjo and began to vamp upon it: "Way down upon de Swanee ribber, Far, far away--" Not much. That genial son of Erin's Isle was not to be beaten so easily. A daring plan had come into his head and he proceeded to execute it. He had noticed that Pomp sat in an iron chair in the pilot-house. This was with his back to the staircase which led down into the dynamo room. Barney very quietly sneaked down the back stairs and into the dynamo room. He procured a long coil of wire and connected it with one of the huge batteries. Donning insulating gloves he ci.lrried the wire stealthily up the stairs until he crouched behind Pomp. The darky was vamping and singing away in boisterous "Howld on wid yer racket!" yelled Barney, putting his fashion. ead in at the door. "Pwhat are yez afther givin' us, anyay?" "J es' yo' go on an' min' yo' own bizness, I'ish," retorted Pomp. The Celt had the wire ready and quickly gave it a twist around one of the iron legs of the chair. The result was tremendous. Pomp let out a yell that could have been heard a mile "Bejabers, I will, av yez will quit throwin' chestnuts away. at us." He grabbed the chair and t hat sealed his fate. "Huh! don' yo' talk!" "Begona, av yez are goin' to sing give us something new oike this: "Och, Pathrick, have yez heard The tale that's goin' round? The sham1:ock is forbid by law To grow on Irish ground. Shure, 'tis the most dejected counthry That I have ever seen, For they're hangin' men and women for The wearin' of the green. Oh, the wearin' of ther green; Shure, they're hangin'--" The ballad came to a sudden and untimely end. Pomp pick e d up a waste rag covered with bil. It struck Barney flat between the eyes and nearly floored im. The Celt picked himself up to hear Pon11 singing ith great eclat: He could not let go. Yells burst from his lips and he indulged in the wildest of contortions. For a full minute he gave way to these sensations while the cunent lasted. "Help! help! I'&e done killed. Jes' sabe dis chile! De good Lor' hab massy on me!" Like a veritable contortionist was the paralyzed darky. But his agony could not last forever. His mad efforts to release himself caused the chair to break free from the wire. Pomp was upon his feet and recovered himself to hear the mad peals of laughter from Barney below stairs. To the Celt it was the funniest trick he had yet played on the darky. "Begorra, I got square wid yez that toime, naygur !" he roared. Pomp was angry, but far too crestfallen to recover him self.


8 FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "TilE EXPLORER." It had simply been a case of turn about for hitting Bar ney with the swab. Thus equipped they left the submarine boat. This was done by running the boat close to a shelf of "I gits squar wid dat I'ishman if I has to try a yeah!" berg, upon which the two explorers stepped he muttered. "We will soon return," said Frank to Pomp. But he did not try it then, for he saw Frank Reade, Jr., lookout for us." coming across the deck. "A'right, sah !" replied the darky. CHAPTER IV. A VISIT TO AN ICEBERG. Then Frank and Barney struck into a crevice of the through which they climbed to heights above. This brought them, to their surprise, to the mouth of wonderful cavern, which seemed to down into heart of the berg, how far they knew not. "Wonderful!" cried Frank, excitedly. Frank came to the door of the pilot-house with an eager seen anything more beautiful, Barney!" expression upon his face. "Shure, sor, there's nothin' short av Oireland loike this "Come out here, Barney and Pomp," he said. "We are conceded Barney. pretty near the Arctic r egions now." "A'right, sah !" cried Pomp, as he tumbled out of the pilot-house. Barney followed him. "What a tremendous cavern I" "Ay, sor !" "Upon my word, it looks somewhat as i:f something somebody had inhabited it." There was no doubt but that they were getting into the Frank made this statement m all seriousness. cold latitudes, for the air was keen and biting. tainly did look as if the cavern had been inhabited by Also to the northward there was visible a fleet of white animal, or even human beings. icebergs. There seemed to be a well beaten path over the icy sur-It was a beautiful face. The voyagers gazed upon it for a while, when an idea This extended into the cavern an indefinite way. suddenly occurred to Frank. Frank was now interested. "By Jove!" he exclaimed. "I'd like nothing better than He was d e termined to follow it . to visit yonder berg. It would be well worth the while." Accordingly he thrust some fresh cartridges into the "Bcgorra, I'm wid ye, Frank!" cried Barney. breech of his rifle and started into the cavern. "Huh! don' yo' flattah yo'self, I'ish. I done reckon Barney followed him. Marse Frank take me along wid him." For some way they kept on. The path was plain and "We will see about that!" said Frank. "Head for that big berg yonder, Barney." "All roight, sor." Barney went to the switchboard and set the Explorer's course fo1; the distant berg. Rapidly the berg drew nearer. It was one of enormous size, seeming fully a half mile in length. It was broken up into pinnacles and mighty peaks of clear, shining ice. Truly in the sunlight it made a beautiful spectacle. Frank and B!!rney went below and donned fur suits. Pomp was ready to do the same, as they were now in latitudes sufficiently cold for that. It had been decided that Pomp was to remain aboard the Explorer. well worn. But as yet nothing had been seen of animal or human being. The cavern was now enlarging into mighty arched cham bers. It was as light as day under beautiful arches of ice, and truly a sight beautiful beyond description. The icc assumed all sorts of fantastic shapes, and the roof of the mighty cavern seemed supported by huge pillars. "This i s like a trip to land!" cried Frank, raptur-ously. But suddenly Barney clutched him by the arm. The Celt's face showed terror. "Shure, sor, whativer is that?" Frank felt a thrill of alarm. A strange shock rang through the berg. This was fol lowed by a distant terrible boom like thunder. Frank and Barney were armed with riiie s and carried For a moment it seemed as if th!il berg was coming to axes in their belts. They also carried steel-t ipped poles for pieces. climbing the ice cliffs. There seemed good cause for terror.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." 9 The two explorers were much alarme<1. the berg. Of course there was a possibility that it did not. e But the sound died out, and all was again tranquil. What was to be done? "Oeh, hone, I thought the berg was afther goin' to It was of no use to go for help, for that was not to be 'l. smash!" cried Barney. "Shure, sor, I reckon we'd better obtained. get out av here at wanst, sor !" If he returned to the Explorer it would avail nothing, for '' Oh, no, I reckon it's all safe enough now," said Frank, the boat could not be left alone to allow of Pomp's return lightly. "It was only the breaking off of some distant part ing to his assistance. of the berg. L e t u:> go on once more." With this the young inventor took a step forward. But in that instant he felt something giving way beneath his feet, and heard a warning cry from Barney. It was an awful cry of terror, and the young inventor made a desperate spring forward. This was just in time. He gained a firm footing and turned about with a thrill of horror to witness an awful sight. A tremendous hole yawned at his feet. Down Barney had plunged with awful certainty of going to his death. For a moment Frank Reade, Jr., clid not move or speak, so overcome with horror was he. It was a terrible. position. Frank made sure of the stability of the orifice, and then lying fiat upon his shouted : "Barney! Where are you? If you are alive and can heal' me, answer!" But no answer came back. All was the stillness of the tomb. Once Frank. fancied that he heard a faint halloo. But he was not sure o(it... The young explorer arose to his feet sick ?nd faint. A groan escaped his lips. I "Well," he muttered, regretfully, "Barney is gone. Poor fellow He was a faithful servant and I feel his loss much." Then he recovered from the lethargic spell upon him. He turned away from the pit with a dull feeling about I "M:y God!" he cried. "Barney, where are you? I hope the heart. you have not gone to death!" But no answer came back. All was silent. There was a distant rumbling, roaring sound coming to the hearing of Frank Reade, Jr., from the depths. That wa all. Frank, almost paralyzed with horror, crept to verge of the aJ:>yss. Leaning over the edge he peered down into the awful depths. But his gaze could not go beyond a distance of twenty feet. It seemed like a circular shaft, which extended in a crooked course down into the heart of the berg. The top of this orifice must have been covered with a thin coating of ice and snow. Barn ey's weight had been just enough to break this in. A thousand tcnible reflections coursed through Frank's mind. He knew that Barney had fallen through this terrible shaft. But he would not yet wholly abandon hope. He conceived the idea that Barney might have been car ried into some other part of the berg, and would yet turn up all right and safe. With this f.aint hope, Frank went from one passage to another, looking for a descending one. But none seemed to exist. In his excitement he did not take the pains to note' just where his footsteps were carrying him. I From one passage to another he went in a frantic way. Suddenly he came to a narrow opening between walls of ice. A beaten path seemed to lead through this. But this fact 'Frank did not appear to notice. He fancied that this passage might lead him into the berg deeper, so he made an effort and squeezed through. The moment he was sorry that he dia so. He came into a square chamber. about fifteen feet square. What looked at first like a heap of white snow lay in his path. But on the instant it became animated, and Frank to his But whether he had gone to his death or not, of course he horror saw that it was alive. could not say. It was really a mammoth specimeh of the Polar bear. Already in his terrified fancy he saw the Celt in the waters of the Arctic under the berg. This, of course, if the shaft really extended down through The big brute sprang up with a low growl. On the instant Frank saw that he was in for it. He had advanced too far into the place, and as he rose


10 FRANK. READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." to his feet the bear was between him and the entrance. There was no retreat. Still he continued in the s ame state of suspense. "It am drefful curus !" he muttered, after awhile. "By Jupiter!" gasped the young inventor. "I'm in for don' seem fo' to undahstan' it at all." it!" The bear was upon his hind legs and was uttering fero cious growls. It was evident that he did not by any means like this intrusion into his domains Pomp walked the deck and kept a watch of the berg. The Explorer lay in a small bay, and was surrounde upon three sides by high, mighty pinnacles and cliffs of ic Tiring after a while of watching for the non-returnin absentees, Pomp went below. Frank was not slow in assuming the aggressive. He started a fire in his electric range and proceeded t He knew that the advantage would undoubtedly rest with cook some food. the one who got at work first "I reckon dey'll be a bit hungry when dey gets back!' Accordingly he instantly raised his gun and fired point he muttered. "I jes' fink Marse Frank will want suffin' t blank at the bear. eat!" The bullet struck the brute full upon the skull. The darky was thus employed when a terrific thing hap But unfortunately it struck in such a way that it could pened. not penetrate the bone. Pomp's first intimation of anything wrong was a tremen The bullet glanced from the bear's skull, inflicting a dons roar like a burst of thunder. wound that only maddened the brute This caused the Explorer to nearly stand on end, and Before Frank could elevate the piece again the brute was Pomp was tumbled upon his head. upon him. "Golly fo: glory!" gasped the astounded darky. "Wha The rifle was dashed from his grasp like a straw, and he ebber hab happened n_ow? Fo' de Lor's sakes, dis chile don was hurled several feet away. He was upon his feet just in time to meet the b)-ute again with his ax in his hand beliebe de worl' am gone to smash!" The Explorer was pitching and tumbling about violently, and seemed in imminent danger of being totally wrecked. But the brute's weight carried him back, though he rained As soon as he could recover himself, Pomp sta ted for blow after blow upon bruin's skull. The was a the deck. desperate op.e for Frank R,eade, Jr. CHAPTER V. IN A BAD FIX. J>omp, left alone on board the Explorer, was for a time exceedingly lonesome and given to ennui. The darky would much have preferred to have been with Fnmk upon the berg, despite the perils. But he was never the one to grumble, however, at his master's orders. Frank's word was always law with him and in this respect As he emerged 'from the cabin, an astounding sight met his gaze. Pomp stood with mouth agape and eyes distended "Fo' de good Lor's sake!" he gasped. "What am all dis?" All around him and over him was ice, in a great ,mai ox Not a sign of thE) sea or sky was to be had. d The Explorer was in the centre of a vast, high arched ice chamber, resting upon an inclosed lake, the waters of which were subsiding, after a spell of fearful commotion. The darky was struck dumb. He was wholly at a loss to understand the transforma tion. "Golly fo' glory, jiminy Christmas cracky, golly fo' Pomp was an excellent servant gosh!" burFJt forth the rattled African. "Am dis chile in a Time passed and he did not hear anything of his com-dream, or am I a fo' suah loon a tick?" panions. Pomp could not have sworn to either asseveration at that Not a rifle shot came io his hearing to relieve his susmoment. pense. It was some moments before he fully recovered himself. "I done fink it am easy fo' folks to get lost on dat big Then gradually an explanation of the affair began to iceberg," he muttered. "P'raps dat am why dey don' come creep over him. back no mo'." "I jes' fink I see it all now!" he muttered. "De top of The darky waxed uneasy. de berg hab jest broke on an' keeled right ober and covered Minutes seemed to him increased in length ten times. dis chile up."


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." 11 Pomp had hit it right. This was the co-

12 FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." Could he have turned pale, it no doubt would have been But it was a close call. a vast relief to him at that moment. Barney's sensations as he found himself falling were not But he quickly recovered. of the pleasantest. He was in a bad scrape, and now the idea was to pull out of it. } He made a valiant effort to save himself, but failed. Down he shot. "Fo' de Lor's sake!" muttered the dazed darky, "I done How far he fell he had no means of knowing. fink I ought to know bettah than dat. Ob co'se de icc The descent was extremely winding, circuitous and would fall an' it am jes' a libin' wondah dat dis chile amn't abrupt. buried alibe !" he was not so sure but that he was already. Pomp started the electric engines. But they would not move the submarine boat a peg. There it lay wedged beneath the ice with full twenty fathoms of water above. Re was bumped and jolted and nigh rendered uncon scious. Only the thickness of his fur suit saved him from serious hurts. When he came to a stop he was up to the neck in a huge pile of snow. Again at any moment the was apt to shift its posiAbout him were mighty walls of ice and a great basin of tion and crush the boat like an eggshell. water, which he instantly judged to be a part of the sea, but Pomp saw his deadly peril, and his face wore an expresquickly discovered his mistake. sian of horror and anxiety. "Fo' de Lor's sake what will become of 1\Iarse Frank now?" he wailed. '' I'se done got into a fix I can't git out ob very well!" The darky was frantic. In vain he tried to conjure up a plan for extricating the boat. And at the last moment, what seemed !'ike a forlorn hope came to him. He dashed down into the hold. When he came up he carried a couple of jack-screws of very fine steel and great lifting power. "I done fix clat big hunk ob ice now!" he muttered. He quickly donned his diving suit. Then he took the jack-scre\vs and went into the vestibule It was but a moment's work to let on the water, and after the chamber had filled he emerged upon the deck. Pomp descended to the bed of the ocean and approached the block of ice. But, as he did so, what seemed like a huge mound of earth before him began to move. Up it went, and the water began to move violently. Then Pomp saw the wide jaws of a monster fish. In an instant a thrill of horror came over him. It was a huge species of the sperm whale, and a blow from one of its flukes would kill him instantly. CHAPTER VI. LOST IN AN ICEBERG. But what of Barney? I Had a cruel dragged him down to an awful death in the crevasse? 'As :fortune would have it, he was spared. He was far below the level of the sea. And the water was dripping from the berg inclosed in a basin impervious to any connection with the waters of the ocean. Had it been, the entire chamber would have been filled with water. And Barney O'Shea would have been a dead Irishman. 'l'he Celt picked himself up. "Bejabers, phwativer has happened to me now?" he cried. "Shure, it's nigh kilt I am." He rubbed his bruises ruefully. But he could not help congratulating himself upon his escape from what might have been an awful death. "Shure it's down into the cinter av the berg I've fell," he muttered. "Pbwereiver is Misther Frank, anyway?" Then he opened his lungs. Yell after yell he sent up. But only the dull echoes answered. Frank was too far distant for the sound to reach him. After a time Barney desisted. It was impossible to return the way that he came. This he discovered quickly. I But what was to be done? He had no desire or intention of remaining where he was. A change of base was at once necessary and desirable. "Shm;e it's no use I am in sthayin' around here," he muttered. "I'll be aftber crawling out av this place." He look around. The waters of the basin were at his feet. He made hL way around the basin. This brought him to a remarkable spectacle. He came in close proximity to a clear and transparent wall of ice.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." 13 Ubjects beyond it were as plainly visible as could be. Ha experienced a thrill as he saw that this was only a re markable sort of window through which he could look out into the waters of the ocean. The waters of the sea were clear, and he could see the bottom plainly. It was a most wonderful sight Barney saw various sea animals and fishes upon the bed of the sea. It was an awful thing to think of. Only the clear, transparent wall of the ice separated the chamber of the berg from the waters of the ocean. I Barney shivered as he reflected upon the possibility of that wall of ice breaking through and letting in the waters of the sea. It would mean death to him. This made the Celt feel a bit uncomfortable, and he be gan at once to look about for a way out of the place. By the best good fortune he discovered an upward passage and at o!lce took it. It led upward, through various passages, and at times 0 Barney had to cut niches in the ice to clamber up by. But he kept at work. He reflected that it was his only chance for life. He had not the slightest idea as to where it would bring him or where he would come out. But he kept on just the same Up, up he went. Suddenly it began to grow lighter, and Barney felt a breath of air. It gave him renewed courage and he went on. Soon he caught a gleam of daylight far above. He knew then that he was coming to the open air .. Where he would come out he could not guess. But Barney reflected that it might be upon the other side of the berg, and at once started thither. But he found that it was quite impossible for him to reach there. The berg upon this side was nothing but a mass of pin nacles and neegle-pointed spires, which effectua lly precluded anything like progress. "Bejabbers, it's all surrounded I am," wailed Barney. "Shure, ,I'll niver see Misther Frank and the Explorer again!" Despair now seized the Celt. But he kept wandering about. And as chance had it this brought him to a passage which seemed to iead clown again into the centre of the berg. In his bewilderment Barney took it This proved his salvation. It looked more like the passage by which he hall entered the berg with Frank, and he kept on. Suddenly he heard strange sounds. He came to a halt. They were in the far distance. Yet the Irishman could distinguish quite plainly. They consisted of hoarse growls and cries like an angry beast. "Bcgorra, that's funny!" muttered Barney. "Phwativc:r is goin' on?" Then he heard what sounded like a distant human cry of distress. That was enough for Barney. "Bejabers, I believe that is l\fisther Frank!" he cried. "Shure I'd never be stayin' here at all, at all." Away sped Barney. Every moment the sounds became plainer. Then he came upon an astounding sight. But the question found speedy answer. in another mo-In the centre of the cavern chamber was a man wrappeq ment the blue sky was above him, and he was drinking in in the embrace of a huge b:ar. the sea breeze. Up he went over a wall of ice, and the horizon burst upon his view. But he was amazed at his position. He was far up on the top of the mighty berg. As far as he could see all was a vast berg-studded sea. Barney recognized the victim at once. It was Frank Reade, Jr. "Whurroo! Hold up, Misther Frank!" cried the Celt, excitedly. "Shure, I'll be afther savin' yez !" <'Help, Barn ey!" cried Frank, feebly. The bear was certainly getting the best of the young inAn immense platform of ice extended far to the northern ventor. end of the berg. There is no doubt but that he would have succumbed if Barney fancied that he might see the submarine boat it had not been for Barney's arrival. from this position. The Celt was to be able to strike a blow for his But though he leaned far over the ice cliffs and closely master. scrutinized the line, he could see no sign of the Explorer. All through his experiences had kept possession of his It was not in sight. :rifle.


14 FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." He now ran up to the bear and placed the muzzle against his heart. Barney pulled the trigger. The battle was finished. The bear rolled over backward, instantly dead. Frank, overjoyed, staggered to Barney's side. "Thank God! you were not killed after all, Barney!" "Shure, I came n ear enough to it, sor, but not so near as you." "Let us get away from this accursed place at once. Let us go back to the Explorer." They started upon the return. But somehow none of the passages seemed the same Barney ":as astounded. Then a light broke upon him. "Shure, an' I believe ye're right." "Of course I am," said Frank. "My God! it is too aw-ful to think of "But, sor--" ''What?" The two explorers looked at each other. Each read in the face of the other what was in the mind of each. "Ph were is the Explorer?" A shade of horror came over Frank's handsome face. Ah! that was an awful question. Where was the Explorer? The further they went the more bewildered they became. Was it still safely riding the sea outside, or was it sunk ,, Shure, sor, it's lost I am intoirely !" cried Barney. beneath the tons and thousands of tons of falling ice? "Arrah, an' it was a bad toime that we iver came aboard this Frank remembered the shock h e had felt while in tlN accursed berg berg. "You are right!" cried Frank. "rt is a lesson to us. But even as they stood there in their uncertainty, a But I never had any idea before that anybody could ever strange thing happened before their eyes. get so completely lost on an iceberg." "Shure, sor, it seems to be a very simple matther." "So it does, Barney. But this looks like the right path. Let us take it and see where it will go to." "All right, sor !" Along this new corridor the two lost explorers went. But the further they went the more confused they be-came. The reasons for this were obvious. They were not aware of the splitting up of the berg, and consequently did not understand it. But this was the real reason. The paths by which they had come had been closed by this evolution. But they had kept on at random. 1'his finally brought them into a mighty cavern chamber wholly arched. A narrow shelf existed around the verge of a huge in land sea, or basin, rather. Frank Reade, Jr., stopped and looked keenly about him. Then a chill struck him. An inkling of the truth came to him. "Heavens!" he gasped. "I think I can understand it now!" "Phwat, sor?" "The berg has collapsed on the side we entered by, and we are imprisoned by the change!" "Shure, sor, ye don't mean it?" "Yes, I do.'' 'fhere was a mighty commotion of the waters m the basin. 0 CHAPTER VII. THE CAIRN. Pomp's position was one of awful peril. The huge whale was making for him like an avalanche. It was not likely that the monster was inte nding to assail him. It simply happened that Pomp was in the cetacean's way. The darky dropped the jack-screws, completely overcome with terror. "Massy sakes alibe !" he groaned. "Dis am lost!" Pomp imagined that the whale intended to eat him up. But such was not the case. Indeed it was doubtful if the monster even saw the darky. But this did not lessen the danger, however. The whale came straight for Pomp. The darky fell fiat upon his face in the hopes of dodging the monster. In this he was successful. The whale passed over him and made straight at the Ex plorer. He struck the submarine boat full force, and the shock was tremendous. Pomp had tried to regain his feet, but was knocked down again. 'J'he whale recoiled from its attack upon the Explorer and started upon a new course.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." 1 5 Away h e w ent out o.f s ight in the wat er. P omp was r e lieved whe n h e was gone. It was a narmw escape Barney and Frank easily s t e pped aboard then. That was a joyous meeting to be sure. Explanations quickly followe d and then the serious que s Once more }1e picked up the jackscrews and s tarted for tion presented itself as to how they were to get out into the the ice. R eaching i t, Pomp v e ry quickly set the screws beneath tl1e block of ice and began to raise it. open sea.again. This was certainly a question of no mean sort But Frank a s k e d Pomp : "Did you try every available point und e r the water?" Slowly the vast body of ic e began to rise up. Pomp 's plan was a success. I n a very few moments th e sub marin e boat was ficient l y "No, sah!" replied the darky. "Dar' am some direck sufsh un s I didn't tak e." The n Pomp went back aboard the Explorer. It was the work of but a few moments to back t:4e Explorer out from its position a nd f ree it. Then Pomp quickly set the pumps going in the air chamber, and the Explorer sprang up to the s u rface. ''Well, l e t u s try that, then!" said Frank. "It may be a derni e r r essort, but we mu s t do some thing." "Dat am a faB', Marse Frank!" Down w ent th e submarine boat once more to the bottom of the ocean. As lu c k had it thi s time, it landed directly in front of a It was at this moment, as we have seen at the close of the deep caver nou s passag e Frank felt confid ent that thi s would take th e m out into preceding chapter, that the two explorers, F rank and B ar ney, reached the verge of the basin. The commotion in the waters was nothing more nor less than the Explorer rising to the surface. A s the subma rin e boat sprang above the s urface, Frank an d Barney were fairly e l ect rified. It was a most unlookcd for proceeding They could h ard l y believe their senses A great cry w ent up from the two lost explor e r s "Whurroo !" shouted Barney. "It's the Explorer as shure as I'm a Tipperary man, Misther Frank." "The Explorer!" gasped Fra nk ; "but how on earth did it come here?" This was a conundrum. Y et there it was. They certain l y must believe their own eyesight. In the pilr house P omp was seen wit h his diving suit the ocean. Accordingly h e s tar ted th e Explor e r through the passage As they went on, tlli s seemed to widen and dee p e n V e ry soon they began to leave the icc walls behind. A great h o p e sprang up in Frank's brea s t. ''Hurrah!" h e cried. "I b e lieve w e tre out of the wilder ness!" "Dat am jo yful!" cried Pomp. "Whurroo !" shouted Barney. In a few moments mor e Frank f elt assure d that they were in the open sea. He gave the lever a turn and set the pumps goi ng. The Explorer rose to the s urface. Frank's joyful hopes were r e alized. They were in the open sea. 'rhe b e rg was a hundred yards to the eastward. The re it was grounded, and the r e they left it. yet on. Thi s was all the e xp e rienc e of th e sort that Frank Reade, The darky chanced at that moment also to see his friends. J d f The effect upon him was magical. A great cry went up from his lip s and h e came tumbling out upon the deck. "Fe' de good Lor' a m dat yo', Marse Frank?" he cried. "Hooray Dis am de happiest hour ob mah lif e !" "All roight, naygur !" yelled Barney. "We' r e ji s t as glad to see x.ez. But, howiver do yez think we kin come aboard that qoat, anyhow?" "A'right; jes' yo' wait one moment!" cried Pomp. "I'se r care or. "No mor e visits to icebergs!" he cried. "That is quite e nough for me." Straight to the northward now they kept. The coast of Greenland lay to the east. Up the straits the Explorer went until Smith' s Sound was r e ached. This was full o ice. But by u s ing the Explorer's ram, very good progress was made Imm e nse blocks of ice were shatte red and fields of ice gwine fo' to :fix dat a'right ver y soon!" broken by th e wonderful ram of the Explor e r. Into the pilot-house l1e rushed No incident of thrilling sort occurr e d unti l one day w hen In a f e w mome nts he had run the boat up alongside the they were b esiege d by ice off a small island. shelf of ice. Frank had thought of Mwering the Exp l orer and going


16 FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE .EXPLORER." under the ice field, when an incident him to change his mind. Upon the shores of the island a strahge object wa" seen. It was a barrel mounted upon a long pole. At once Frank was interested. He concluded at once that it must mark a cairn where some former Arctic travelers had visited. The young explorer was at once possessed of a desire tc inv estigate Accordingly he said to Pomp: "Come on, Pomp, le: us visit the shore. This time you may go with me." Pomp gave a yell of delight and cut a joyous caper. "A'right, Marse Frank." I Barney did not demur. He had had his turn and was quite willing to remain aboard the submarine boat. Frank and Pomp were soon, quite ready for the expedi tion. It was easy to reach the shore over the ice cakes. After quite a lively climb they finally reached the shore of the island. Frank advanced to a pile of rock, above whic:h was the "Golly, Marse Frank!" exclaimed Pomp, "dat looks bit like a big stretch ob land ober dar." .r: "That is certainly what it is," agreed Frank. "Docs yo' s'pose it am inhabited?" "I hardly lmow," replied the young inventor. "But li what is that over yonder bill-is it not smoke?" The darky looked in the direction indicated. saw a column of smoke rising into the air. At once Frank's curiosity was aroused. "It be a camp," he cried. "And yet what human beings could exist here?" He was thinking intently of the Solitaire's party, and did not think of such a thing as Esquimaux. Frank decided to investigate the distant smoke Accordingly, accompanied by Pomp, he out for the distant hill. Before reaching it, they were obliged to pass through to furious speed F as they came on down over the Rnow waste.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." 1'l' .hey had seen the two explorers and were making for em. Pomp was alarmed. ''Golly, Marse Fnmk !" he cried, "I can't say datI je:;' ikes de looks ob dat crowd at all." "No!" Frank, with some agitation. "\Vc must be ready for them. They evidently mean business." 'Does yo' fink dey gib us a fight, sah ?" "Yes!" "A 'right! den I r<.'Ckon we jes' be ready fo' dat crowd I" "We mmt !" ''We must get out of Pomp!" he said; "tlus will ncYer do. 1f they come back with a big gang they'll an nihilate us." A right, saiL" ''We go back to the Explorer." Frank started for the defile. But before he reached it he saw that it was filled with Esquimaux. Their path to the Explorer was cut off. What was to be done? It was a desperate situation. On came the Esquimaux at full speed. Quick action was what was needed now. Frank knew In a moment they surrounded the two explorers. this. Leaping from their sledges they grasped their spears and But it would be flatly impoEsiblc to go around the island. tarted for their foes. The Esquimaux would easily cut them off, and a fight at But Frank and Pomp threw their rifles to their shoulclose quarte-rs was to be by all means avoided. ers. "Hold on!" shouted Frank. "Come no further!" The Arctic natives halted. They stood some fifty paces distant and made menacing estures at Frank and Pomp. This did not disturb Frank. He felt no fear. The Esquimaux now were advancing to the attack. Where they had all come from so suddenly was a mys tery. seemed fully one hundred of them. They came over the ridges and through the defiles in a solid body. There was no way but to retreat before them This meant to the shores of the island, then out upon the Ile knew that with his repeater he could thin out the ice pack, and, perhaps, to the mainland. anks of the foe in quick time. The Esquimaux were not so foolish as not to see this :hem!"elves. One of tbem, a thick-set, burly ruffian, now advanced He held up his hands in token of amity, and cried: "Inglese man, hallo! No shoot! No kill Eskimo!" ' I'll kill you precious quick if you don't drop those ears!" cried Frank. ''Eskimo no hurt Inglese. No be afraid. Be heap Frank and Pomp fell back before the E_squimaux. But they continued to dispute every inch of ground. They fired steadily and with telling effect, dropping many of the foe. But still the Esquimaux came on. They huped their javelins and arrows, and some of them narrowly missed the two white men. But they managed to successfully dodge them. Now the shore was reached. Then the two plucky white men were driven out upon the The duplicity of the scoundrel was apparent and almost ice. ughable. Here they were able to make a better fight. smiled. Behind the ice hummocks and elevations they found "I think you're a crack liar!" he retorted. "I don't beshelter and were a?lc to pour in a destructive fire. .ve you." The battle waxed hot and furious "Honest Eskimo. No hurt!" But the numbers of the Esquimaux were so great that it "Keep your distance!" Frank clicked the hammer of Jus rifle ominously. The villain understood this and very wisely retreated. The Esquimaux now held a council. It was quickly apparent that they did not dare to attack o plucky men. They leap ed into their sledges, and with baffled and deire yells drove off madly over the ridge Jl'rank guessed their purpo,e. This was t.o go for reinforcements. became to steadily retire. There was danger that they would sm;round them. This would bring t.he fight to close quarters, which would be fatal. Thus the battle went on across the ice-field. In the light of the Arctic day the two explorers were compelled to retreat s lowly until they finally came to tht' mainland. Here high cliffs were back of tl1em. A densegrove of Arctir rR wa:-; upon their


18 FRANK JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." Frank and Pomp here resolve d to make a stand. "Oh, yes, and firm in the hope that you will be restor e The Esquimaux charged up the cliffs, and Frank worked to him." l the rep e ating rifle s while Pomp l o aded. A wild, joyful cry rang from the castaway's lips. The pluck of the E s quimaux was mo:;t s urpassing "God be praised!" h e cried. "I had never hoped f "Golly, 1\Iars e Frank !" cried Pomp, "de y j es' m e an fo s uch joy as this. But whe re is your ship?" to hab our scalps, don't dey?" "Over yonder island." "You are right!" said Frank. "When our ammunition "What is your mission here?" gives out it will be a serious question with us." "To reach the North Pole.'" "Dar amn't twenty rounds more, Marse Frank!" The young inventor's face paled. Roger Harmon shook his head. "Abandon it!" he said; "no good will come of it. "You don't mean it?" "Dat am right, sah.!" "Then I am afraid we are lost!" groaned Frank. s uddenly his face brightened. dwelt here with the Esquimaux for many years and ha not even been able to find my way home. If any hum But beings could reach the Pole, they could. But they nev "What is that?" Frank pointed up the shore. A large body of men, also Esquimaux, were coming on the nm. "Massy sakes, 1\Iarse Frank, dar am mo' ob dem !" "It's all right!" cried Frank, wildly. Pomp looked astonished. "We are saved!" "How can yo' say dat, Marse Frank? Dar's mo' ob i:lem !" "Yes, but the y are of anoth e r tribe and not of the warlike kind. You will see pre tty quick." The distant yells of the newcomers had a startling effect on the Esquimaux attacking Pomp and Frank. They seemed alarmed and began to scramble for the ice floe. A more demoralized set was never seen than they. The newcomers pursued them even to the island, where a hot battle was waged. But a number of the friendly E s quimaux remained be hind and now made s igns to Frank and Pomp. One of them, a tall and hai1dsome fellow, who seemed to be the leader, came forward excitedly. / "My God!" he cried. "Is 'it possible that these are fel -low countrymen of mine?" "Roger Harmon!" cried Frank, excitedly. "Is not that your name?" The Esquimaux leader, so much taller than l1is companions, gave a mighty start. "That is my name! he cried; "but how did you lmow it?" "Why, bless you, your father asldru. me to look for you while upon my exploring trip hither," replied Frank. "My father?" "Yes." "Then he is alive?" have!" "Ah, but I am better fitted to p e rform that feat," sm Frank, confidently. "Then you mean to p e rsevere?" "Yes." "I like your pluck and hope you will s ucceed." "I shall. Ha,ve no fears upon that s c or e." "You have been attackeq by thes e Matrodas? fellows!" "Yes." "I am glad that we happ e n e d along in. time to aid "So am I," said Frank; "but come, you will go with to the Explorer." Young Harmon drew a deep breath. "I can hardly realize it," h e said "I had b e gun to thn that the time would never come when I should leave tl r awful solitudes!" 1 "Well, it has come," said Frank, lightly "and your fatl will be made the happiest man in the world." "That makes me happy. But I mu s t fir s t take leave the s e E s guimaux who have been so kind to me." Roger went down upon the shore and call e d the J . IS qmmaux all to h1m. Then in a speech in their tongue, which h e had rn tered, he expressed to the m hi s regrets at l e aving them. They seeme d deeply affe ct ed. But Roger finally succeeded in parting from them, a with Frank and Pomp started the Explorer. As they pass e d through the defile upon th e island, r last of the Matroda s w e re r e treating to the farth e r shore; .. Roger Harmon acted lik e one in a tranc e "Indeed!" he said, sincerely, "I can hardly belie good luck. I had giv e n up all hope of e v e r seeing mv tel tive land again." lh Very soon now the open sea came again in view. IT' The Explorer could be seen lying in the midst oflthe ice.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BO.t\T "THE EXPLORER." 19 Roger looked astonished. 'l'he Explorer had rested upon the bed of the.ocean. "Where is your ship?" he cried. Pomp went to the search-light and turned its rays in all '1--Don't you see it out there?" said Frank. directions. ''What, that a ship? It looks more like a large sized The bed of the ocean was shown quite plainly through canoe." the bull's-eye windows. "It is a kind of ship," said Frank with a laugh. "It Roger Harmon was dazed. is a submarjne boat, and you will understand it better when He kept rubbing his eyes. you see it." ... CHAPTER IX. THE SUNKEN WRECK. Across the pack ice the adventurers traveled, and soon had eachcd the Explorer. As they climbed on deck Barney appeared. ';Slmre it's glad I am to see yez back!:' cried the Celt. 'Pwhat was goin' on over there?" "Golly! We jes' had a big fight out dar," replied Pomp "I am certainly dreaming!" he cried "We are not under the Arctic?" "Yes, we are," said Frank "But we will soon stifle here without air!" Frank, laughed. "Didn't I explain to you how the air is he cried. "'l'here are chemicals enough aboard to keep us in pure oxygen for a year." "Wonderful!" exclaimed Harmon, which was the most he could say. Frank went to the search-light and sent its rays through the water. He saw that no ice was. in the way nor any obstruction of "Yes, and we have gained one of the objects of our exmaterial sort. edition," said Frank. The Explorer was sent ahead at quite a rapid pace. He introduced Barney to Roger. It was certainly a remarkable sensation to travel through Then the young Arctic castaway was shown about he hip, much to his wonderment and interest. "Upon my word!" he cried, "this surpasses any effort of he imagination Do you mean to say that this boat can ravel under water?" water in this manner. Roger Harmon was in the pilot-house with Fr:;tnk. Many and wonderful were the sights which were revealed to the gaze of the explorers. e "'That is just what I mean," replied Frank. The ocean caves and their myriads of inhabitants, with "And we the variety of sea monsters, cetaceans, crabs and octopus, all formed. a wonderful study ;hall very soon take a trip thither." h 4 I ndeed!" "You will see that the pack ice bars our progress." e "So it does!" [ ''Now it is not easy to go through it, so we shall make the st of it and go under it." Roger scratched hi s head and looked a bit incredulous But Frank said to Barney : .. 4 "Open the air-chamber." The Celt touched a lever and the boat went down he ath the water. Roger saw daylight disappear and heard the hissing and rging of the water. e. "We are sinking!'' he cried, with alarm, forgetting for a ment Frank's promise. "Of cour s e we are!" cried the young inventor. "Didn't telf we would?" But the spell of gloom was only of bri e f duration The electric lights in the Explorer's cabin shone forth and p uminro everything. Suddenly there was a slight jar. The Explorer kept on for hours in this way. Now the bed of the sea descended into deep valleys, or again rose into high eminences or range s of under sea hills It was necessary to keep the search-light constantly at work. Frank Reade, Jr., stayed by the wh eel, all the while dodg ing obstructions, now lifting the boat, now lowering it in conformity with the undulating bed of the sea. After awhile speed was reduced and Barney relieved Frank. The young explorer, sorrewhat fatigued, went into the cabin and sat down. Roger Harmon joined him. They could look through the bull's-eye windows upon either side and watch...the mighty panorama. This was most interesting to Harmon especially "I don't understand how you can make a course!" he said. "Easy enough!" replied Frank. "I simply go by the chart as given of the sea's surface."


20 READE, JR.'S, BOAT "THE EXPLORER.'' "Ah! but has an:y accurate chart been yet maM of these "The electricity must have stunned him." waters?" "Oh, yes." "I shall go by the chart of former explore:s as far as I ".\.nd he has gone to the surface." can." 'Or to the ice floor above." "And what then?" "But how is it that we did not feel the shock?" "I shall then feel my way." "Because the cabin we are in has its supports perfe < ''But will you not fear getting lost?" insulated. It is independent of the steel hull, and only col "I know of no rea::;on ll'hy I should," replied Frank. nected with it by rubber cushions." "I have heanl that there are certain localities here where "Whew!" exclaimed young Harmon. "Who'd ever ha) the needle of the compass becomes demagnetized." thought of that? Certainly you are the most wonder:D' "I am going to scour the Arctic Ocean and reach the inventor yet, Mr, Reade." Pole," cried Frank, earnestly," if I to proceed as Jason Roger went to the window and looked out. 5 did when he invaded the Labyrinth-mark my course with "But I don't see how you can tell how deep we are," I a thread." said. "Well, I hope you will succeed," said Roger, earnestly. "I do not fear but that I shall," said Frank, confidently. "That is easy," said Frank. a well, how?" "I base my hopes, however, upon what I consider the alThe famous young inventor turned to a most absolute certainty of the existence of an open sea wall. around the pole." "Do you see that hand upon the dial?" he said. "We' They were thus conversing when Roger chanced to glance that is connected simply with an electrical disc upon out into the ocean. top of the hull. The greater the depth the more pressUJ1 He beheld a sight which brought the blood to his head and the dial records the number of fathoms." 1 in surges. "My God!" he cried. "We are-going to be annihilatep. !" This brought Frank to his feet almost instantly. But when he saw the cause of Roger's alarm, he cooled down. He saw that a monster whale, with mouth agape, was rushing with whirlwind velocity toward the boat. Of course there would be a shock when the collision should come, but Frank knew that the whale would be the greatest sufferrr. The next moment it came. The whale's blunt head str';lck the Explorer's hull. Frank shouted to Barney. "Charge the hull!" Quick as a flash Barney turned a small lever. This sent a current from the dynamos into the hull of the boat. .. Roger gaaed at the instrument. (( "Well, I never!" he exclaimed; then reading from ill face of the dial. "We are now nineteen fathoms deep.' "Yes." "But that is not very deep." "No, but the Arctic is not considered a deep sea, anywa:,' "True. How deep can you go with this boat, Mr. Read., "About one hundred and fifty fathoms. The press then becomes too great!" "Mercy on us! I should think it would be crushed l' an egg-shell." "To the contrary, I cannot drive it deeper. The den ... of the water is too great, and the boat too buoyant." c.IThen if there were seven miles of water beneath, would not know it." "You would not know the exact depth, but you wo become assured that you were far from the bed of Once more the whale came to the attack. But this time ocean." when he struck the hull, it was likely that he very speedily "All this is very wonderful. But nineteen fathomf0 wished that he had not. quite enough for me." At this moment a cry came from Barney in the e room. G y The shock was something awful, and a most demoralized looking whale turned upon his back and went shooting up through the water. "Och, l\Iisther Frank, wud yez be afther comin' Y "Heavens!" cried Roger. that time." "I thought we were done for here?" Frank sprang up into the place. B .')) But Frank only laughed. Barney turned the electric light so that it fell up! In OJ ''011, no," he said. "That.whale was a bit fimny, but he wreck lying upon the bed of the ocean. won't trouble the Expl-orer again." It was the dismantled hull of a large ship.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBl\fARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." 2 1 and instantly turned the lever, which "How many more wonderful inventions have you got, Mr. ecked the progress of the boat. Reade?" he asked. "You are the wonder of the age." He believed that it was worth while to investigate the "Come with me!" cried Frank, phlegmatica.lly. reck. He led Roger into the vestibule. It undoubtedly would tell the story of some Arctic exHere the diving suits hung'. oration which might be of service, and at least interesting "Arc you at all "\lSed to being under water?" h; asked. Jl the voyagers. "Well, I am a go?d swimmer!" replied Roger. Roger Harmon was at once interested when he saw what "Ah! but do you think you could stand the pressure?" l d occasioned the stop. "I don't see why." The Explorer was brought to a halt. "All right!" Drawing as near to the wreck as it was safe, the search-Frank took down from the hook one of the suits. ht wa turned upon the old hulk. "Put this on," he said. It could be very readily seen that the vessel had been los t Roger at once obeyed. being nipped in the ice. sides crushed in and parts of the cargo were "1g about. I !The wreck was deeply covered with silt and sea-weeds j evidently had been in the water many years. 'What sort of a craft would you call it, 1\fr. Reade?" ted Roger. In a few moments they were arrayed in the suits. Then Frank shouted to Barney: "Keep the search-light well on the hulk." "Ay, ay, sor !" replied the Celt. Frank then opened the valve and proceeded to fill the vestibule with water. This accomplished he opened the outer door and i11"I hardly know,'l replied Frank. "I imagine, however, out on deck. she is a lost whaler." Roger followed him. 11I don't agree with you," said Roger. hHer shape, as Frank walked along the railed platform a nd threw over t r as I can OJOO, is more that of a revenue cutter or gov-the gang ladder. ment yacht." -"We will soon find out," declared Frank. <'How?" aJ"By going aboard." eHGoing aboard?" exclaimed Roger, in amazement. That is what I said!" "I heard, but you forget that we are under water." H'I forget nothing of the kind!" replied Frank. "I am ng aboard that ship, and you ma.y go, too, if you would CHAPTER X. UNDER THE ICE BARRIER. 11'as astounded. Go aboard with you?" he exclaimed. YeQ" g You don't mean it?" IYes, I do." But p e rhaps you can explain bow I can accomplish that ,, In a patent diving suit of mine." Oh!" he young man drew a deep breath. Down this they climbed and started for the hul .k. Frank reached it first and paused at a breach in the side. It seemed large enough for him to pass through. The electric light on his helmet illuminated the interior of the vessel. Frank saw the main deck strewn with barrels, boxes, and old lumber. He at once passed through and was in the vessel. Roger followed him slowly. As yet there had been nothing discovered which would lead to the identification of the vessel. But as he was the main deck on his to the cabin Frank came upon a ghastly sight. Flat upon the deck lay the grinning skull and bones of a man. Frank stepped over them and reached the cabin door.' He passed through. The cabin shQwed that it had been luxuriously furnished. Upon the walls hung a variety of nautical instrumente, and also a variety of firearms. These were nearly consumed with rust. There were several paintings, but the canvas had rotted through, and little crabs played hide and seek in the cor ners of the fra{ues. But upon the cabin table lay a long telescope and a brass bound chest.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." This Frank knew was such as the log-book of a ship is usually kept in. At the table was a chair In the seat of this was a beap of bones. The skull lay face up. Evidently a man had sat at the table when the ship went He had already learned the most that it was necessary f him to. He knew the name of the ship and the missio11 of tl crew, which was to find the North Pole. It was only one more instance of the folly of fitting o Arctic expeditions with wooden ships. down. 'l'his was only one of the many rotting hulks which l There was no doubt in Frank's mind but that this was the at the bottom of the Arctic. ship of some exploring party. He knew that the latitud e was such as is rarely attempted by the whaler or ordinary ship. Frank picked up the box and tried the lock. Time had rusted it and it yielded Opening it, Frank saw what he had expected. This was a log-book. Strange to say, the brass box had been water-tight and the was in a perfect state of preservation. Had Frank known this he would not have opened the box to let the water soak the book. Frank put his helmet close to Roger's and shouted : "Well, have you seen enough?" "Yes," replied Roger. "Sad fate for them." "You a,re right." "We will look through the ship a little, and then go ba to the Explorer." "All right." Frank led the way up the cabin stairs and onto the up deck. Everything betokened utter desolation and decay. But curiosity overcame his scruples and be turned the There was nothing of value worth ca..rrying away. leaves of the book. The scene was one most depressing to the mind, a The water magnified the lett ers and he read the writing Frank turned from it with a sense of sickness most inte in a larg e coarse l1and. Thus it read: "SATURDAY, December 10, 18-. "A bitter day for all. No sign of the ice breaking up, and we are plainly in for another winter. Oh, the horrors of this awful life of solitude! "Three years cast away in this accursed region! Oh, for a chance for lif e Alas none of us, the three survivors of the crew of the Arabella (the ship sent by the American Exploration Company to the North Pole), may never hope to see home again. "It is a week ago to-day since Captain Cliff suicided. Driv en to madness by the horrors of this fate, he took his own life. "December 15th.-This has been a week of suffering, of mad freaks, and of horror. Benton, the mate, went insane, and for an hour we had all we could do to prevent his cut -He clambered do:vn the ship's side and was once m1 upon the bed of the ocean. In a few moments, with Roger at his side, he reached f Explorer. Entering the vestibule, Frank turned the pump val and pumped the water out of the compartment. \ Then he removed his diving suit. Roger did likewise. The young man was enthusiastic "Wonderful experience he cried ; "truly I am a for nate man to have been given the opportunity." Frank gave Barney directions to go ahead. Then he went back to the cabin. The Explorer once more went on its submarine course 1 Frank drew out a number of charts and spread t upon the table. Roger bent over them with him. ting his throat. Poor fellow! The end is ncar. "Can you tell how far we are from the Pole now, December 20th.--.:\nother week has dragged by. YesReade?" he asked. terday poor O'Byrne died. His body yet lies on the main deck. I am the only sunivor. Ye gods! This stark soli tude will drive me mad yet. I think I shall try to make a trip across the ice and join a band of Esquimaux Once to-day the ship heaved and cemedlikely to go down." "I think I can," replied Frank. "We are not more three hundred miles, to my reckoning." "Three hundred miles?" "Yes." "Ah then we ought to be near the open sea?" "We should be in twelve hours." The journal ended here. "How ha vc you laid your course?" Fra nk did not go back further in the book for more par "Follow this lin e said Frank, "by Baffin Bay, thr ticulars. Smith's Sound, and:straight up through a deep and


FRANK READE, JR.'S; SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." 23 'haunel, which has doubtless been for ages blocked with ce." ''And which has been the real barrier to reaching the role?" u "Exactly!" "I shall look forward eagerly to the hour when we shall 1 a nter the open sea "Well, in twelve hours I shall make the attempt to db so." "Good!" A short while later all had retired except Barney. He was at the wheel. In six hours he would be relieved by Pomp. And while the voyagers slept the submarine boat was c aking rapid progress through the Arctic sea. In six hours all were again astir. This was as rriuch sleep as they seemed to care for. r:Qleir osition at the bottom of the ocean did not seem conducive sleep. As for Roger, he was too excited to rast for long. Time passed very rapidly on board the Explorer. n There was always some new incident occurring of start s ng interest. or The twelve hours had passed and Frank began to make tl He thre":' the glare of the search-light upward. The waters were pierced for a long distanc e but yet it uld not be seen whether ice was over them or not. Finally Frank turned the pump valve and the boat began '10 slowly rise. Up it went. In a few moments the water seemed to lighten. Then Frank cried: From all ages there had come a t:of the existence of this sea. It had been furthermore claimed by reputable men that here was a small continent where the climate was mild and equable the year round. Legends also existed of the presence of a wonderful race in this out-of-the-way part of the world. Whether this was true or not, subsequent adventures in the open Polar Sea were destined to show. CHAPTER XI. IN THE OPEN POLAR SEA. Frank surveyed the scene about him with interest. He paced the deck for some while, and then went below. When he came on deck again he had a ship's glass. With this he studied the horizon for some time. Roger Harmon finally joined him. "Well, Reade," he said, "your propheay has come true!" It seems so "This is really the open Polar Sea." ''Yes." "There is no greater wonder on earth." "Well, that is so." "That there should be such u sea as this in the midst of a region of ice is simply wonderful!" "It is, indeed." "How do you explain it?" "Well, I think there are volcanic causes to explain it," "Hurrah! We have come to open water!" said Frank; "the inner .fires of the earth come very near to Tllis announcement that the Explorer had safely made the snrfnce." e wonderful passage under the ice barrier was gratifying "That is certainly an apt explanation. Ah, what is that?" ough. Roger pointed to a long, low line upon the horizon. e Cheers were given. Frank picked up his glass. The next moment like a cork the Explorer popped to the He studied the line a moment. rfaca. Then he lowered the glass. 'rhe scene spread to view was a wonderful and enchanting "It is land!" he said. The interest of all was at once aroused. They were upon the bosom of a wide and tranquil sea. That land was in sight there was no doubt. The voyag -In the distanGe far to the eastward there was a faint line ers felt much as Columbus mu s t have when he discovered white. the New World. This was the region of ice. The air was less keen, and seemed to be getting milder as ey went on. Flocks of geese were flying overhead, and the doubt was .. tled that they were really in the open Polar Sea. l They werr the discoverers of a new continent. Thry were the only known white men who had ever sailed these waters. When the land was reached they would be the only ones who had ever set foot upon it.


24 FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." What a story to relate when once they should return home! 'l'he spirits of all were high, The Explorer, being now upon the surface, could sail a.t a tremendous rate of speed. Like a meteor the boat shot through the water. for?" 'I'll tell you when we get there." Roger said no more. He followed l i'ra nk to the shore and got into the boat. They rowed back to the Explorer and clambered aboard Barney and Pomp had been anxiously awaiting their re Gradually the di stant continent' began to rise up out of turn. the water. "Fo' goodness' sake, Marse Frank," cried Pomp, "am yo' It. was not long before rocky cliffs could seen, and back so soon?" above them tall tret=;s and waving shrubs. The Explorer every moment drew nearer, and now the land was in plain view. The air was now so mild that the voyagers felt constrained to remove many of their fur garments. There was not a particle of ice or snow to be seen. The waves rolled in breakers upon the white sands of the shore. It was a beautiful sight and one which impressed them. Of course all were eager to go ashore. But Barney and Pomp were instructed to stay aboard the Explorer. "We will go ashore first," said Frank, "then if we can ind a good harbor, we will sink the Explorer and all walk ashore in our diving suits." 'l'his met with great favor settled the fears of Barney and Pomp. The sma ll boat was got out and Frank and Roger en tered it. They quickly rowed ashore. Drawing the boat upon the sands they proceeded to climb the cliffs. A wonderful view was to be obtained from them. It was a land fertile and diversified by valleys and hills. As far as the eye could reach the land extended. All was luxuriant foliage and thrifty growth. The trees and shrubs were of kinds not common in south ern countries. Frank gazed upon the scene with wonde rment. "I am satisfied that this is not an island," he declared. agreed Roger. "If it is not a continent, then I'm wrong. See that mighty river where it empties into the sea." "Is it river or lagoon?" "A river." Frank studied it with his glass. "'rhat is true," he cried. "It is a river, as I live I" At once an idea seized Frank. He started back for the shore. "Where are you going?" asked Roger, in surprise. "Back to the boat." "Yes," replied Frank. "Bej abers, was it the inemy that druv yez back?" ask Barney. "No," replied Frank. "Hoist the anchor, Barney. will leave here." The Celt was astounded "Leave is it, sor! Shure, I thought we wud all ashore?" "And so you shall, but not now," replied Frank. Barney and Pomp proceeded to obey orders. The anchor was got up and the Explorer put out of t harbor. Roger now saw th. rough the purpose of Frank Reade, J "You are making for the river," he said "Yes." "Good enough!" Along the coast the Explorer ran. Then when the mouth of the river was reached it turn its sharp prow into it. Barney and Pomp ,now saw the plan. They were in ecstasies. S<4on the boat was gliding along between high wood banks. The river was a broad and powerful stream. It moved on with r esistless current, and its force assu Frank that the land was indeed a continent. The river was replete with fish, and huge salmon were thick that it would have been easy to spear any number thmn from the deck. On went the Explorer. As they left the sea a wonderful stretch of country unfolded before them. Suddenly, as the boat was gliding aro1md a bend, Bar beheld a thrilling sight. In a distant clump of reeds by the shore stood a won fullooking object. It was a bird, but such as the likes of which our explo had never seen before. To all appearances it was an auk, but of a most giga size.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBl\IARIXE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." The huge bird seemed to be feeding upon the reeds in e marsh. It was fully four f high, with a body as large as an trich. 1'. "Whurroo phwat the divil do yez .call that anyway?" ied Barney, wildly. He was dress e d in a barbarous and wild fashion. The skins {)f animals covered him in part, and his broad chest and limb were fully to the air, the balminess of which,, l?.teclucted anJ.lrin'g li e suffering. The giant's bea,rd hung 1ow and in a tangled mass upon ,his chest. All viewed the huge bird in surprise. His hair as down upon his sho. s froJ;n be th a As they drew nearer, the giant auk made off with stridap heavy fur cap. tremendous sort. Soon it had disappeared in the woods bordering the river. toric man. But the greatest surprise of all was yet in store. In lrand he carried a huge club, and he was regarding Before the reed swamp had been passed, Frank's attenthe "Ex

26 FRANK READE, JR.'S, SuB:&fARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." In his renzy he picked up huge stones and began to fling them aJ the boat. Despite the distance, his aim was perfect, and the stones struck the hull of the boat. Of course, they bounded off without doing any harm. But it showed the tremendous muscular power of the giant. "That is queer!" said Frank. "It cannot be a for it is too ar off." j Frank took the glass and proceeded to study the distan6 smoke. A conviction dawned upon him. 1a "It is not a camp-fire!" he declared; "that is ull fift; miles off and I believe it to be a volcano. But the submarine boat now went ahead aster. This was the most likely solution o the phenomenon, a e The giant could not keep pace with it, despite his imwas accepted by all. mense strides 'l'wo miles urthcr on a likely place was round to land. o He \ras soon let behind and out o sight altogether. But this incident was o great value to the voyagers. It taught them the necessity of using the utmost o cau tion. Frank's plan to land saely was a unique one. The boat was run up near the shore in sufficiently de water and sunk. I Alter it had gone below the surface nothing could l If they should once get in the grip o a number of these s een o it, turret and all being hidden. li I savages, the result might be serious. The country now began to widen into a wonderful pano rama. The vegetation was something most wonderful to behold. Hills and dales were upon every side, and rivers and brooks were rushing down into the main river. The voyagers were eharmccl with the aspect. They lost no opportunity to take it all in. "Indeed!" cried Roger. "We are enjoying a privilege such as ew people in this generation will be apt to enjoy." You are right," replied Frank. "It is doubtful if any body else visits this continent for many years." "We ought then to make all the important observations that we can." "Yes." "And collect as much of the wealth of the country as possible as specimens." "That shall be done." "But in order to do that we shall have to go ashore." "Yes, and will." "Will it not be risky?" Beyond doubt," replied Frank. "But I have an idea that we may find a safe place just beyond here for that! .t\t l east we will try!" The Explorer kept on for fully twenty miles up the river. It was certainly a large stream, bei'ng in many places a mile broad. Suddenly Hoger detected a strange looking object beyond the horizon. He borrowed Frank's glass. "I believe it is smoke," he said. "Smoke?" -"Yes." Should any of the savages come along in the meanti they would never suspect the existence of it in that place. Then it was arranged that all should put on diving su and walk out of the water to the shore. This was very cleverly done. A short while later all stood ifpon the shore in their di ing suits. J T Of course it w!ls folly to think of wearing them upon th 'r travels about. p So it was decided to leave them hidden in a clump V( R bushes near. This was and the start into the interior made. For an hour the explorers tra.tnpecl on through a pan cu rama of most wonderful sort. N All manner of curious wild animals and birds were s Some were of a species which it was certain were of an 11 diluvian origin. No incident of thrilling sort occurred, until suddenly s. great cry came from Roger's lips. H He bent clown over a heap of quartz and cried: "Gold! As I live it is shining gold,,, In an instant the others were all by his side It was plain to be seen that Roger had made a great fi In "C The quartz held great' veins of pure gold. There seem a vast l edge of it in the vicinity. It was a treasure beyond esti.tnate. The explorers went wild over it. No matter what a man's circumstances, the discovery "I gold is not without its delirium. 'ed "It will make our fortunes beyond all doubt!" cr' Bu Roger. s g "So it would," agreed Frank, "but I fear we shall H car ; ry much of it away." "S "Why?"


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBliiARlNE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." 27 r "Becense we hove no que>iz mill to c.ush out the gold." 'rhis wae done. This was true. 'rhe bear, thus ballled, made a dive at Barney. Of course the quartr. could be removed and ground in me stamp mill at home. But not enough could be loaded aboard the Explorer to ake it an object. So the dream of wealth was dissipated. Some time was spent pleasantly, however, in examining e quartz vein. There was certainly a vast treasure there, and had the ot been accessible to civilization a gold fever would have llowed at once. But it was not. After a while our adventurers turned away to new scenes. All were now hugely hungry and it was decided to make little camp. Fagots 11'ere procured and a small fire started. Then Barney caught some fine fish in a stream near, and ger shot a species of caribou. The juicy steak and the fish were fried over the coals, d made a good meal for all . A clear, cold spring near. furnished water for drinking. The spirits of all were high. e 'fbis sort of thing was most enjoyable, as all agreed. Pomp sang plantation songs and danced, ancl Barney ve an Irish jig and a quantity of jokes. Roger also sang a sentimenJal song in l rich tenor voice. 'fhey were thus engaged when a thrilling incident o. urred. Near by was a thick copse. This part d suddenly, and the largest bear any had ever l t n in their hves appeared. He was a monster and evidently of a very peculiar spe "Och, hone, ye'll never catch me cried the Celt. Then came the crack of the rifles. His bearship was literally riddled with bullets. He fell, and a few more shots were given him to end his death agony. Then Barney and Pomp took off his skin It was a magnificent piece of fur. Frank intended to make it into a handsome rug for the main cabin of the Explorer. .... It was now decided to return to the submarine boat. There was some little risk of falling in with more dan gerous enemies, and after all the objects of the expedition were gained in full. Frank had no desire to remain longer in the region. He was decided to return home at once. The Arctic Sea had been crossed and the continent vis ited. It would be better to return now before the extremely severe Arctic winter should set in. "I am very willing and anxious," said Roger. "Begorra, it'll seeJ good to see home onet more, afther all," said Barney. "I done fink tli.e Darktown people will be j es' glad fo' to I hear a lecture from dis chile," said Pomp. "Forward, then cried Frank. "Back to the Explorer and tl}en we are off!" All set out rapidly. It was not long before they came again in sight of the big river. But just as they came in sight of the copse where their armor had been hidden Pomp gave a cry of terror: "Fo' de Lor's sake, wud yo' jes' loolt at dat, Marse His color was a sort of blue-black. In other respects he Frank!" s akin to the grizzly. It was a thrilling sight But his size was something enormous. His jaws seemed The spot where the armor was hidden had been discovered ge enough to enable him to swallow any one in the party. by a dozen of the giant barbarians. n an instant all were upon their feet. They had the pieces of armor in their hands, and were "Orocky !." exclaimed Roger in amazement. "What do examining them sharply, and jabbering the while. call it?" 'A bear!" gasped Frank. "What a monster!" 'Golly! He am clar fo' suah aftah dis chile," cried p. 'Begorra, av yez don't look out, naygur, he'll have yez !" ed Barney. ut the big beast did not seem to particularize, but had gaze upon all of the party. e made an advance with a hoarse roar. "Scntt er !" cried Frank. "Let each give him a shot!" CHAP'fER XIII. THE END. It was a thrilling situation for the explorers. For a moment they stood, overcome with horror.


FRANK READE, JR.'S, SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." Of course, it would not be difficult to shoot down the I strange men, but Frank did not wish to do this. He was ever humane, and averse to taking human life less it was absolutely necessary. But how were they to get possession of the armor? It was absolutely necessary to do this to get aboard the Explorer once more. "Whew!" exclaimed Roger. "Here's a pretty how-de do!" "I should say so!" "They've got the best of us." It seems so f "What is to be done?" This .was. a question. But the barbarians proceeded to solve this for themselves. They began to rip one of the suits of armor literally to pieces. Frank could not stand this. He stepped out into view. "Hey there!" he shouted. "What are you doing there?" The wild men turned like a flash. They saw Frank and a wild yell Wjnt up from them They started for him brandishing their clubs. "They are coming!" cried R?ger. "Wlmrroo! Shure, I'll drop wan av thim !" cried Barney. All threw their rifles to their shoulders, but Frank put up his hand. "Hold!" he cried. "Don't one of you fire until I give the word." Then he threw his own rifle to his shoulder and fired. But the bullet was sent into the air. The shot had i.he effect upon the barbarians that Frank had hoped it would. They halted in terror. The flash and report was something which tliey could not understand. ''Now!" cried Frank. "All fire into the air!" Th e volley was given. The deafening report was too much for the barbarians. They turned and fled incontinently. ''Now cried Frank. "Quick All started for the shore. Barney quickly had his diYing on. He plunged into the water. The barbarian s stood at a dista11ce and watched 1 The party fired their rifles repeatedly to increase d fright of the foe. Some time passed. Then suddenly there was a commotion of the waters. The submarine boat came to the surface like a cork. Barney ran it almost uy to he shore, and the pa clambered aboard. A parting volley was fired and a cheer given. Then sailed away down the Arctic river the sea. Homeward bound! These words. The boat kept on across flie Polar Sea, and firq reach e d the ice barrier To the joy of all, an open passage was found, and it 1 not become necessar y for the Explor e r to go under the i The voyage homeward proved a propitious one. When at length the last iceberg faded from view, and t j Atlantic tossed about them, all were happy. Frank Read, Jr.'s, Arctic voyage had been a glowing sui cess. Not one on board but was in the highest of spi rits. In due course of time Readestown was reached in safe The r e turn of the submarine boat marked an epoch in town 's history. A grand reception was held for the returned explorers But the happiest of all was Alexander HartRon I His greeting to his long-lo s t son was most intense a, warm. : He embraced Frank Reade, Jr., and cried, fervently: I "Oh, you are my best and dearest friend! You-h, made an old man happ y." But Frank himself was fully as happy in the realizati The Explorer was stored away to be used upon some ture occasion. But Frank Reade, Jr., was not idle He at once began to work upon a new invention, wh he v.:as resolved should eclipse all previous attempts. success in this may be learned in a future number of t library. THE END. The next number (3) o the "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine" will contain another thrilling story, entitled READE, JR.'S, ELECTRIC VAN; OR, HUNTING WILD ANIMALS IN THE JUNGLES OF INDIA.''


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